One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A low-growing North American plant of the bedstraw family, with small four-petaled flowers and paired leaves. Bluets often grow in large groups.
Genus Houstonia or 'Hedyotis', family Rubiaceae: several species, especially H. caerulea, with milky-blue or white flowers, and long-leaved bluets (H. longifolia), with white or lavender flowers
- ‘I stopped dead in my tracks and grinned real big when I noticed that the lawns are speckled with beautiful little bluets.’
- ‘The only other large masses of flowers I saw this early in Georgia were little bluets and spring beauties.’
- ‘He stands as a glad, unnecessary witness to an event - the bluets unseasonable flowering - made possible and then actually made by ‘stamina.’’
- ‘Those little bluets look so sweet!’
- ‘That bluet breaks me up, tiny spring flower late, late in dour October.’
Early 18th century: from French, diminutive of bleu ‘blue’.
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